Basic Hummus (Vegan, Gluten Free, and Oil Free)

hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 can garbanzos, drained, rinsed, and skins removed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • juice of 1 small lemon

Directions

Blend tahini and water in a food processor until creamy.

Add garlic, salt, and lemon juice.

Add garbanzos and process for at least 5 minutes or until very smooth.

Serve as is, garnished with some Hungarian paprika and/or pine nuts, or add in your favorite flavors, such as sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, or artichokes.  The possibilities are endless!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower (Gluten Free and Vegan)

roastedbrusselssproutsandcauliflower

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and peeled as needed
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • cooking oil spray, either store-bought or in your own oil sprayer

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil.

Combine Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, sea salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.  Lightly spray with oil and toss to coat.

Pour onto baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through.

Serves 4-6.

Potato Leek Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free, and Oil Free)

potatoleeksoup

Ingredients

  • 6 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled (if not organic) and diced
  • 3 or 4 leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig (or 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed)
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk

Directions

Combine all ingredients, except non-dairy milk, in a stock pot.

Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are soft.

Remove bay leaves and leftover rosemary twig.

Puree with an immersion blender until smooth.

Add non-dairy milk and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Serves 6-8.

Brownies (Oil Free and Vegan)

brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, plus some for coating baking dish
  • 1-2 tsp ground coffee (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup or 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish with oil and coat with  cocoa powder.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine wet ingredients in a medium bowl.

Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined.

Spoon batter into baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes.

Makes 9 brownies.

Tofu Scramble (Vegan, Gluten Free and Oil Free)

tofuscramble

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, drained and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa
  • 2 cups raw spinach leaves

Directions

Saute onions, peppers, and mushrooms in a cast iron frying pan until soft.

Add tofu, nutritional yeast, vinegar, turmeric, sea salt, mustard powder, and black pepper.

Cook until excess liquid has evaporated.

Stir in salsa and spinach and heat through just until spinach starts to wilt.

Serves 4.

Baked Oatmeal (Vegan, Gluten Free and Oil Free)

bakedoatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp milled flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 for convection).

Mix all ingredients in a shallow baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve with non-dairy milk and/or honey, if desired.

Serves 4.

Cheezy Biscuits (Oil Free and Vegan)

biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix non-dairy milk and vinegar. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

Cut in avocado, just like you would margarine, until mixture is crumbly.

Add milk mixture and stir until just combined.

Drop onto baking stone or sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Makes 10 biscuits.

Asian Noodles (Vegan, Gluten Free and Oil Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 package buckwheat soba noodles
  • 1 package tofu, drained, pressed, and cubed (optional)
  • 1 bag coleslaw or 1 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 bag broccoli slaw
  • 1 bag bean sprouts
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger root, minced
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp honey or brown rice syrup
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp salt (or less if your peanut butter has salt in it)

Directions

Cook noodles, according to package directions, with the tofu in the same pot.

Meanwhile, combine coleslaw or cabbage, broccoli slaw, and bean sprouts in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients to make the sauce.

When the noodles (and tofu) are done, drain and add to vegetable mixture.  Add the sauce and toss until thoroughly mixed.

Serves 4.

Irish Soda Bread (Oil Free and Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine non-dairy milk and vinegar and set aside.

Combine dry ingredients and raisins.  Blend in non-dairy milk mixture and knead until a pliable and smooth dough forms.

Shape dough into a round loaf, no more than 3 inches thick.

Place on a baking stone or sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Raw Carrot and Beet Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free and Oil Free)

rawcarrotandbeetsalad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb carrots, shredded
  • 1 lb beets, shredded
  • 1 apple, shredded
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 dashes Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp smoked sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

Combine carrots, beets, apple, and shallot in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Pour onto salad and mix until thoroughly blended.  Let sit at least half an hour before serving.  This is even better the next day.

Serves 4-6.